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  1. JohnT

    JohnT Moderator Super Moderator

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    a while back, @balatonwine and I were talking about "things we miss" and got on the subject of REAL Hungarian paprika.

    There is nothing like REAL Hungarian paprika. The garbage that they pass off in the USA stores is red, and a powder, but that is where the similarities end. Even the so called "imported" paprika simply sucks!

    Now, I have family in Hungary, and each time I visit them I make sure to bring back several pounds of the stuff (a good mix of both hot and sweet). But, it has been a very long time (several years) since we visited. As a result, my REAL Hungarian paprika supply has long since been used up.

    ooooooh the shame!!!

    Well, thanks to the generosity and charity of our own @balatonwine I just received this!!! I told my whole family and we are definitely cooking this sunday! I have not decided between Goulash or Porkolt, but a slow simmer stew will be on the table! We may even do a chicken paprikas!!! Definitely gonna make some nokedli (spatzle) and also a nice crisp cucumber salad. OH MAN, I am drueling on my keyboard!!!

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    Many thanks @balatonwine ! You are truly a prince among men!!! Thanks also to your wife (who did the purchasing). I am truly in your debt!!!

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    GreenEnvy22 Senior Member

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    Nice, getting real stuff.
    Every time we goto Paraguay, or family comes/goes, we load up on real vanilla powder. It's so much better than the stuff at grocery stores.
    Only downside is explaining to customs officials what the powder in 100 little 1tsp sized baggies is :)
     
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    balatonwine The Verecund Vigneron

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    Which is understandable when one had good paprika on hand. Too easy to dash a bit into everything to enhance the flavor. :)

    As anyone knows who ventures into any Hungarian restaurant in Hungary will notice that there are not just two spice shakers on the table (salt and pepper) but three (salt, pepper and paprika).

    All excellent choices. Also a good fish soup (Hungarian style with the hot paprika) is to consider.

    And, as an aside regarding cooking Pörkölt, there is this wonderful article a very good friend of mine published at one of my blogs:

    Texas Chili and Hungarian Pörkölt: A cultural parallel with Capsicum

    (Side note, my wife won a local Pörkölt cooking competition. :) )
     
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    JohnT Moderator Super Moderator

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    ... Ahhhh! Hungarian fish soup. Unbelievably good (and I am not much of a fish guy). I had it once in Hungary, but it was cooked in a free spinning pot over an open fire. I tried to make it at home (on the stove) and it was not even close to the one I had in Hungary.

    She won a competition? Care to share her secrets (or does she not trust anyone with the recipe)?
     
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    JohnT Moderator Super Moderator

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    also, I am willing to be that a lot of Austrian/Hungarians settled in Texas. Take a look at one of their staples, chicken fried steak. This is nothing more than viener schnitzel.
     
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    ceeaton Three is the charm, right?

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    balatonwine The Verecund Vigneron

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    Not a chance. Every recipe is in her head. Beyond "a bit this, a dash that" I think she admitted she added water.....
     
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    JohnT Moderator Super Moderator

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    So, even the water tastes better in Hungary? :)
     
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